Slurry seal is a mixture of water, aggregate (our favorite!), asphalt emulsion, and other additives. To put it in layman’s terms, this sort of an asphalt ‘lite’ type of material. This mixture is then applied to existing asphalt. Although there are many forms of slurry seal, the most common form used by us here at Sunrise Asphalt is a Type II Slurry Seal.
Slurry seal is a cold-mixed paving process, mostly used on city streets, parking lots, and industrial parks. Slurry seal is made from aggregate asphalt emulsions and fillers. Water is added in order to help with the workability of the material. Slurry seal is a commercial-grade treatment of the asphalt that has lost both sand and aggregate and now has a rough appearance also referred to as raveling. Slurry Sealing is a great alternative for asphalt with mild cracking as it helps fill in and hide the cracks. Sometimes we recommend prep work be done prior to the Slurry Seal such as asphalt repair or crack filling for another layer of protection and repair.
Slurry seal is applied using a truck built specifically made to lay it called the slurry truck We like to keep it simple and clear in the asphalt biz! The cold mix slurry seal is laid from the truck and then smoothed using squeegees to make sure it is spread evenly. The adhesive mix is spread over the surface, penetrating the cracks and then, after 4 to 6 hours give or take, binds the asphalt together. While it is fine to drive on after those first few hours, it can take up to about 48 hours to fully cure.
Slurry seal has a very specific purpose, to smooth out asphalt that has lost some of its… well, smoothness. Over time and with much wear and tear, asphalt can lose the sand and aggregate that makes the surface solid. This change in appearance is called ‘raveling’ and represents a huge weakness in the integrity of the asphalt surface. These weaknesses will then create huge potential for potholes to develop! Slurry seal is a method of repairing damaged roads. Using slurry seal will put more aggregate into the asphalt, refilling the cracks, and giving back that dark black color and smoothness.
Sunrise Asphalt is a local, family-owned and operated business. Every job, from a pothole to a completely new paving job has owner supervision from start to finish. We’ve been bringing that same level of attention, care, and experience to Tucson for over 40 years!
Slurry Seal fits every asphalt surface, no matter how unique or large. Slurry seal is a process that suits all shapes and sizes of asphalt whether narrow driveways or large lots Sunrise Asphalt has you covered.
Under ideal conditions and when applied professionally, slurry seals should last upward of 8 to 10 years. We cannot stress this enough, every road, environment, and situation is unique and these life expectancies for slurry seals are best guesses.
Everyone wants to know the cost to seal their asphalt, it makes sense! Unfortunately for pricing, every job, every driveway, every place is unique and if we were to throw out a number here it would quickly be rendered useless! If you want an idea for slurry sealing costs for your project (and are in the Tucson area!), give us a call or contact us and fill out our estimate form.
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